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Weekend best bets: Aug. 17-19

072012 sheddin_2Writer/director Thomas W. Jones II co-stars with Donna Biscoe in Horizon Theatre’s “Sheddin’,” a sequel to 2009’s “A Cool Drink of Water” that, according to our reviewer, “ventures in highly entertaining new directions.” The production’s final shows are this weekend. Photo: Horizon Theatre Company

Film: Charles S. Dutton, Marla Gibbs, Angie Stone and Vivica Fox are among the actors, directors, musicians and celebrities on hand for the Peachtree Village International Film Festival. The festival will be centered at the W Hotel Midtown, but screenings will take place at several locations through Aug. 19. Check website for schedule.

Stage: Theater of the Stars presents “The Addams Family,” a musical take on the creepy and kooky family created by cartoonist Charles Addams. It runs through Aug. 19 at the Fox Theatre.

Music: The swing revival is still going strong with the cats in Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. The play at 8 p.m. Aug. 17 at Chastain Park Amphitheatre.

Stage: The Atlanta Shakespeare Company offers an updated take on “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged).” It continues through Sept. 2 at the New American Shakespeare Tavern.

Stage: “Del Shores: Naked. Sordid. Reality.” is the touring stand-up comedy show starring the playwright and  creator of “Sordid Lives.” The show is at 8 p.m. Aug. 17 at OnStage Atlanta in Decatur.

Stage: “Radio T.B.S.” spotlights the folks at the Luna Del Mar Manufactured Home Oasis and Monkey Empire. The comedy is the latest production from the Pumphouse Players. It opens Aug. 17 and runs through Aug. 25 at Legion Theatre in Cartersville.

Stage: Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville offers a fresh take on “Sweet Charity,” the classic musical best known for the songs “Big Spender” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now.” It runs through  Sept. 2.

Stage: Serenbe Playhouse’s premieres the musical “Time Between Us,” a tale of two best friends attempting to balance professional success and personal fulfillment across 30 years. The show continues through Aug. 18.

Stage: Walt and Ruthie are throwing a homecoming party for son Trane, a rising hip hop star, in the Atlanta-set “Sheddin’.” The Horizon Theatre Company production  runs through Aug. 19. See our review of the play.

Stage: Revisit a slew of childhood favorites with the Center for Puppetry Arts’ take on “The Tortoise, the Hare and other Aesop’s Fables.” It continues through Sept. 9.

Stage: ART Station’s latest production is the Neil Simon play “I Ought To Be In Pictures.” It continues through Aug. 19 at the  Stone Mountain venue.

Stage: Academy Theatre in Avondale Estates presents Yasmina Reza’s Tony Award-winning “Art,” which explores friendship and aesthetics. The show continues through Aug. 19.

Stage: Atlanta Lyric Theatre presents “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” which is  based on the 2001 comedy that starred Reese Witherspoon as a spurned woman who follows her ex to law school. The show continues through Aug. 26 at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre at the Cobb Civic Center Complex in Marietta.

Stage: “Avenue Q,” the puppet musical for grown-ups, is being presented by Next Stage Theatre on the Alley Stage at the former Theatre of the Square location in Marietta. It runs through Aug. 25.

Stage: “All The King’s Women” tells the story of Elvis Presley through the eyes of 17 women. The Center Stage North production runs through Aug. 18 at the Art Place — Mountain View in Marietta.

Stage: Experience a night of song and dance on the square in Marietta as the Earl Smith Strand Theatre presents “Best of Broadway.” It runs through Aug. 18.

Stage: In “Private Eyes,” nothing is ever quite what it seems. This comedy of suspicion was written by Steven Dietz and is being produced by the Fern Theatre Company at 7 Stages through Aug. 25.

Festival: Arts and crafts take center stage at the second annual Piedmont Park Summer Art & Crafts Festival, but they’ll also offer acoustic music, kids’ activities and more. It happens 10 a.m.-7 p.m.Aug. 18 and  11 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 19 in Piedmont Park.

Festival: Enjoy a day of games, crafts, music, food and drinks and marvel at the colors on display in the butterfly tent at the Dunwoody Nature Center Butterfly Festival. It takes place 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 18.

Festival: Music and food pair up in Harmony Park for the Decatur Barbecue, Blues and Bluegrass Festival. And they’ll have frosty beer, too. It happens 4-10 p.m. Aug. 18.

Music: The Greatest Yacht Rock Revival in the Universe will find Atlanta’s own Yacht Rock Revue backing a long list of ’70s hit makers, including Gary Wright (”Dream Weaver”), Robbie Dupree (”Steal Away”), Walter Egan (”Magnet and Steel”) and Starbuck (”Moonlight Feels Right”). The show starts at 4 p.m. Aug. 18 at Park Tavern.

Music: Bertie Higgins, who hit the top 10 in 1982 with “Key Largo,” will play a benefit for the We Will Not Forget Foundation, which assists with the educational expenses for children who have lost a parent serving in any branch of the U.S. military or as a first responder. The concert begins at 8 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.

Music: Alpharetta’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre will crank up the amps as Linkin Park, Incubus and MuteMath take the stage. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19.

Music: The Michael O’Neal Singers’ “Ye Shall Have a Song” will feature choral works by American composer Randall Thompson including “Frostiana,” “The Last Words of David” and “Alleluia.” It happens at 3 p.m. Aug. 19 at Roswell United Methodist Church.

Music: The Korean Liberation Day Concert will feature the New Atlanta Philharmonic, the New Atlanta Youth Orchestra, Evangel Boys & Girls Choir and the Korean-American Chorale. The concert begins at 6 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center in Duluth.

Stage: “Spring Awakening” is the Tony-winning rock musical adaptation of a controversial 19th-century play which explores the turbulent journey from adolescence to adulthood. The Company J production continues at the Marcus Jewish Community Center in Dunwoody through Aug. 19. Check out our preview of the show.

For more music happenings, check out our Live Music Picks on the Atlanta Music Scene blog. This is just a selective list of events happening around town, so if there’s something going on this weekend that you’re excited about and you don’t see it here, please feel free to share the info in the comments. Follow me on Twitter at@ajchottix and @ajcatlevents for info on tickets going on sale and more upcoming events.

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Mister Pants

August 16th, 2012
9:32 am

I will be wearing my short pants.


August 17th, 2012
12:05 am

You know what Mister Pants, we really don’t care if you are wearing short pants, long pants or pants that fit you pefectly. No one, and I repeat NO ONE cares how your Lee Jeans fit you. These are blogs about weekend events and the city of Atlanta could care less what pants you are wearing…GET IT? Now get a life and leave the comments to those who actually care about the upcoming weekend events.


August 17th, 2012
8:59 am



August 17th, 2012
9:17 am

They left out the (Slotkin) Folk Art Festival as well…. starts this evening runs til 5pm on Sunday. That’s here in Atlanta as well!

I like Pants!

August 17th, 2012
10:38 am

Don’t listen to UGH! Mister Pants. I for one want to know what is appropriate to be wearing this weekend. By the way UGH! it’s the internet, get a fricken sense of humor or stop reading it. Your opinion does not matter, EVER!!!


August 17th, 2012
12:24 pm

AJC and Access Atlanta are the worst. Go to Creative Loafing for a list of what’s really interesting in Atlanta.

Shane Harrison

August 17th, 2012
1:02 pm

Glenda B

August 17th, 2012
2:46 pm

Sunset Jazz Festival will also be at Chastain Park Saturday 6:00pm featuring Will Downing,

Mrs. Pants

August 19th, 2012
9:09 am

I will be wearing my long pants this weekend.